Heartland Community Church

A Legacy for Landmark

By Merrilee Plett

LANDMARK, Man.—On Saturday, October 2, Legacy Children’s Centre celebrated its Grand Opening. It was a morning where years of dreaming and work finally came together!

In 2016, Heartland Community Church (HCC) asked the question, “How do we serve the community of Landmark in a tangible way?” As a community church, HCC believes we have a mission to reach out in our community. As we were challenged to “think big,” an idea was born to see what it would take to create a daycare. A team was assembled to research and develop a plan, with Marilyn Plett (my mom) as team leader.

In January 2019, Marilyn was diagnosed with terminal cancer. With the time left, she and my dad, Lloyd Plett, had conversations with family about what it means to leave a legacy. Community had always been important to them, and we all wanted to give back to the people of Landmark. My parents decided to donate startup money for the new daycare, and HCC agreed the daycare could be attached to the church building. One week later, Marilyn passed away. The name of the daycare, Legacy Children’s Centre, is in honour of her memory, and it also represents the foundational belief we have in the importance of children to our community.

The original daycare team, along with the Plett family, applied for a building grant and started fundraising locally. The community of Landmark, both individuals and businesses, stepped up in a big way! Within months, we secured enough grant money and donations, including the land, to cover the entire cost of the project.

Construction began in fall of 2020 and was completed in April 2021. NDL construction, with Allan Reimer as our general contractor, along with many local sub trades, completed this project efficiently and on budget. We are so thankful for all of them.

The daycare planning team (Andy Woodworth, Evan Rodgers, Faye Barkman, Ashley Penner, Rhonda Kubanek, Meghan Storey, Lloyd Plett and Merrilee Plett) worked to develop a business plan along with core values and mission statement. Legacy Children’s Centre Executive Director, Tami Joyal, was hired and worked to get the centre ready. On July 12, we welcomed our first children into the centre!

Currently, there are twenty children enrolled and we have room for a few more. We are also planning to construct a natural playground next spring.

We thank the many people who have realized the dream of creating Legacy Children’s Centre. A building is important, but the heart of the centre is the people who develop programming, the parents and children, and the ongoing support of the broader community of Landmark. We hope, as we continue to grow, that our relationship with the community will also grow.

I know my mom is incredibly proud of this moment! Her desire was to create a joyful space where children would be treasured and families uplifted. We hope that this centre is a tangible way Heartland Community Church can serve our community.

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